The Strength of Weak Ties

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Here we go again...

This article made front page headlines of the Chicago Sun Times on Wednesday. It's yet another story about students who use blogs inappropriately. Please take a look at the student comments contained in the article, such as:

"It's none of their business. Why are they monitoring online student journals in the first place?"

This student obviously doesn't get it-how many students fail to realize that they are publishing for a global audience? The article also provides the transcripts of the blog postings, and the threats against the teacher. From another student:

"A blog is like your journal. You should be able to say whatever you want in it and not worry about getting in trouble, especially because it's done on your own time and not in school,"

We've all got to do a better job educating these kids. That means we need to start developing or refining school policy as it relates to the use of this tool, we need professional development for teachers, (ok, and yes the time!) and time for curriculum development.

As Dave put it:

The technologies are here, we’ve simply turned it over to kids to make of it what they will. What should we expect?


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